This week features:
The Test of the Sotah and the Mystery of Erasing G-d’s Name
King David, the Sotah, & the Garden of Eden: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet
As the people of Israel prepare to read parashat Naso this week, we have received the Torah anew at Mount Sinai on Shavuout and we are poised, in this book of Numbers, to enter into the Land of Israel. But suddenly we encounter two unusual individuals in our Torah portion: the sotah, or suspected adulteress, and the Nazirite, who has taken a personal vow of abstention. In this week’s edition of Temple Talk, our hosts explore the relationship between these two iconoclastic archetypes, and their eternal significance in the spiritual odyssey that is Israel’s mission on this earth. Why does G-d allow His holy name to be erased, and why is that essential for the survival of humanity? It’s all part of the cosmic rectification that takes place in the Holy Temple.